Renault’s chief racing engineer Caron Pilbeam is looking forward to the weekend in Imola – and hopes that he will allow the team to get close to the closest rivals in the constructors’ championship …
Question: What information does the team have about the track in Imola?
Keron Pilbim: This is another new track for modern cars.
It has been many years since Formula 1 last came to Imola. Now the cars are completely different, the tires are different, and the track has changed – the last chicane was removed by lengthening the starting line.
The Imola needs medium downforce and the configuration consists of slow to medium speed corners.
Question: How will the team act within the shortened weekend?
Keron Pilbim: One of the highlights of the coming weekend is an abbreviated format with one 90-minute workout on Saturday morning before qualifying.
We will start qualifying with less information than usual. Some decisions will have to be made on the spot – between training and qualifying.
Q: How do you assess the results of the Portuguese Grand Prix?
Keron Pilbim: We are disappointed with the course of the weekend. Compared to our rivals, we rolled back a little – both in qualifying and in the race, but in the end we worked well, taking advantage of the failures of our direct rivals. In general, we are satisfied with the result, but it is important to understand the reason for the lack of speed and draw conclusions.